Varanasi during Dev Deepawali

Varanasi during Dev Deepawali

With Diwali 2017 coming to an end, one might feel that it is time to bid goodbye to the festive season. But that’s not the case in north India, especially in the popular religious spot of Varanasi. That’s because just after 15 days of Diwali, comes the popular festival of Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali. It falls on the purnima or full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. Dev Deepawali 2017 is on Friday, November 3. Varanasi, located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, celebrates Dev Diwali with great devotion and pomp. It is one of India’s most famous and visited pilgrim spots for Hindus. It is believed to be one of the best places to witness Hindu traditions, culture and rituals in all their glory. And Dev Deepawali is the perfect time to do so! ALSO SEE Top 6 Ghats of Varanasi you must visit Also Read - Don’t Treat Coronavirus on Your Own, Cooperate With Health Professionals: Top 10 Quotes of PM Modi



Dev Deepawali, like Diwali, is a festival of lights. Varanasi springs to life on this day even more than usual. The river bank is decorated with flowers and diyas or lamps to honor the gods. The ghats, that Varanasi is famous for, are a spectacle to witness on the day of Dev Deepawali. From Ravidas ghat at the southern end right up to Raj ghat, the whole stretch is decorated by devotees and temple authorities with great enthusiasm. With regard to the rituals, you will see people taking holy dips in the river Ganges. Prayer sessions are organized for the auspicious day and a large number of devotees gather at temples and ghats for And the Ganga aarti performed on this day is capable of sending you into a trance. Another prominent event in Varanasi during this time is the Ganga Mahotsav which is a huge attraction for tourists. It is when you can check out cultural programs, classical music performances, artistic displays, and even martial arts demonstrations in Varanasi. Apart from the lighting of lamps after moon sighting, there are also processions held on the streets in the evenings that make for a great experience. DON’T MISS These stunning Varanasi photos capture the underlying pulse of the holy city! Also Read - 'Mahabharata War Won in 18 Days, Coronavirus Fight Will Take 21 Days,' Says PM Modi During Interaction With People of Varanasi

Photograph courtesy: Shreyans Bhansali/Creative Commons

Photograph courtesy: Shreyans Bhansali/Creative Commons



So, for those interested in performing or being part of Dev Diwali rituals, here are the Dev Deepawali 2017 Muhurat and timings – Also Read - PM Modi Interacts With People of Varanasi: Don’t Attempt to Treat Coronavirus Infection on Your Own

Sunrise: Nov 03, 06:36 am

Sunset: Nov 03, 05:43 pm

Purnima Tithi start time: Nov 03 at 01:47 pm

Purnima Tithi end time: Nov 04, 10:52 am